Ujjain : Local court has sentenced a man along with his mother to two years in jail for subjecting his wife to cruelty and harassing her for dowry holding that the mother-in-law being herself a woman had victimised another woman.
Judicial magistrate Archana Raghuwanshi held Mohammad Arif and his aged mother Ameena Bee guilty for cruelly treating his wife, whom he had married in 2013, under Sections 498-A (subjecting woman to cruelty) of the IPC, while adding that the convicts did not deserve to be released on probation. In view of the fact that Ameena Bee being herself a woman had victimised another woman and Arif, being the husband of the woman and responsible to keep her happy, had victimised and harassed her for demand of dowry… they do not deserve to be released on probation, the judge said, while adding that ‘harassment of women for demand of dowry is increasing in today’s scenario’.
The court also directed the mother-son duo to pay Rs 500 each as compensation to the victim. The court, while convicting them, relied on the testimony of the victim and her mother who told the court that one year after the marriage, her in-laws started demanding money and articles.
According to the prosecution, the woman lodged a complaint in 2014 that between July 2013 and July 2014, Arif, his mother and his brother Hussain subjected her to cruelty in order to compel her to meet their unlawful demand for dowry of Rs 25 lakh, so that he can become a doctor. It also alleged that Arif and his mother had dishonestly misappropriated gift items of the woman which were entrusted to them at the time of marriage and failed to return the same when she demanded them back.